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L'Art des Accouchemens ; par M. Baudeloque, Membre du College et
Adjoint au Comité perpétuel de l'Académie Royale de Chirurgie. 2 Vols. 8vo. Paris,
The result of observation and application, warmly approved by the royal academy of surgery, and illustrated with a sett of elegant and accurate plates, engraved under the author's own inspection. Elai sur les Alimens, pour servir de Commentaire aux Livres diététiques dHippocrtae. Nouv. Ed. corrigée & augmentée. 2 Vols. 12mo. Paris.
By the celebrated Dr. Lorry, one of the warmest admirers of Hippocrates, Sanetorius, and Boerhaave; whom he has taken for his fafest guides, in collecting ali the certain knowlege on the nature of aliments, into a regular and practical system. Ephemerides Afironomicæ, anni 1781, ad Meridianum Vindebonenfem
Fufu Auguftorum calculutæ a Maximiliano Hell, Aftronomo Casareo Regio. Cum Appendice Obfervationum. Vienne.
The twenty-fifth volume of this useful annual publication of Abbé Hell's : it contains the heights of the thermometer and haro, meter observed at Vienna, three times each day, in 1779 ; astronomical observations made at Buda or Ofen, in Hungary, by M. Weiss; others made at Prague by M. Zeno; at Manheim, by M. Mayer; at Cremsmunster, by M. Fıxmin ; at Tyrnaw, by M. Taucher; at Warsaw, by M. Byserzycky; those of Erlaw, in Hungary, made in a new and very fumptuous observatory, conftructed and furnished at the expence of prince Esterhazy, bishop of that place, by Abbé Madarasly, whose meteorological and aftrono. mical observations are here included ; the latitude of this new observatory is 47° 53' 54", and its longitude, 1 h. ya' 54' east of Paris. M. Hell concludes his appendix with a critical examen of a new map of Hungary, by Mr. Krieger, pretended to have been drawn up from astronomical observations.
Ρ Ο Ε Τ R Υ. The Bevy of Beauties. A Collection of Sonnets. 410. 25. Baldwin,
ORTRAITS of the most celebrated beauties now living in
England, drawn by a very bad poetical painter, who has paid fo little regard to discrimination, that any one of the chas racters will suit the whole groupe.
thou, in whom nature's perfections are join'd,
What our author means by a zephyr of found, we cannot pora fibly tell ; nor why it thould be the charter of nature to love, any more than to eat, drink, or sleep. In the verses ou Miss Thynne we are told that love
• When dusky shades add horror to the scene,
He'll sooth, with gentleit note, her cares to sleep;
'And lend the brot of night, an eye to weep!' The idea of lending an eye to the brow of night, is too sublime to be understood. To the countess of Jersey he fays:
• Yes,—and those sprightly eyes can weep,
Are brilliant jewels on the check of love!' Keeping progress to any thing, is certainly a new, but not a very elegant phrase ; and jewels on the cheek, are ornaments which we very feldom meet with. Mrs. Harcourt, this gentleman afTures us, looks as lovely
as conquest, to the fight!! A very strange fimilitude ; and in his Serenade, as he calls it, to Lady Townshend, he carries us,
* Thro' blooming vales, and ever-fadeless groves,' Fadeless is, we believe, a word of this poet's own coining, we hope it will never be current.
If after this glimpse of the Bevy, any of our readers desire to pursue the game, we can only think them very eager sportsmen, and with them much diversion. Ode to the Genius of the Lakes in the North of England. 4to. 25.
Richardson and Urquhart. The author of this Ode informs us, in the advertisement prefixed, that he disclaims the idea of offering it to the public as a literary production, and throws the piece only into the way of actual tourists. The word tourist is, we believe, not to be met with in Johnson's, or any other English Dictionary, though the meaning of it is fufficiently obvious; but as we are not actual tourists, unless wandering through the regions of li. terature may entitle us to that distinction, it cannot be ex. pected that we should receive much entertainment from this poem. Even the best poetical description of places gives us, indeed, but imperfect notions of the object represented, and not a twentieth
part of the pleasure which we receive from the
oculis fubje&ta fidelibus. Let the reader take, for instance, the following stanzą of the Ode before us,
Lo ! thy wand'ring eye to please,
O'er Thurston's smooth expanse,
The lightsome sun-beams dance.
A thousand humming cataracts sweep;
In these lines, which run smooth and easy, mention is made of a number of very fine places. But what idea can we form of them from a sketch so loose and indiscriminate ? Plain profe seems a better vehicle for all information of this kind, as it can not only descend to the most minute particulars, and must, therefore, better answer the purpose of exciting curiosity ; but will, at the same time, prove more entertaining, especially where the versification, as is the case with regard to this Ode, does not rise above mediocrity. A Poetical Epiftle; attempted in the Style of Churchill's Epiféle to
Hogarth. 4to. Is Fielding. The weak effufion of querulous malevolence, venting itself in very bad rhimes against some private characters, heavens knows where. The whole is tellum imbelle fine ictu : the design is invidious, and the verses contemptible. The Royal Naval Review, or a late Trip to the Nore. 4to. Is. 6d.
Kearsly. As a specimen of this production, a few lines from the be. ginning will be sufficient :
How shall I tell where I have been,
O Dick! beyond a doubt,
But by the self-fame rout.
My memory here but lame is;
We know not whether, to read the whole of this rhapsody, might not, on some conititutions, have an effect similar to that which is sometimes produced by a real Naval Trip to the Nore. The Cow-Chace; an Heroic Poem, in Tbree Cantos. 4to.
Fielding. This poem was written, as we are informed in an advertisement prefixed to it, by the gallant and unfortunate Major Andrè-H was a brave officer, and much to be lamented; we shall therefore fay nothing of his poem.
DR A M A TI C. The Baron Kinkvervankotsdorfprakingatchdern. A new Musical
Comedy. As performed at the Theatre-Royal in the Hay-Market. by Miles l'eter Andrews, Esq. 8vo. Is 6d. Cadell.
This pieee would afford ample matter for the severity of criticism, but
6 We war not with the dead.? It has been tried, condemned, and executed ; and peace be to its manes ! Nathan the Wife. A Philosophical Draina. 8vo. 15.6d, Fieldirg.
A heap of unintelligible jargon, very badly translated frôni the German original, written it seems by G. E. Lessling. The translator informs us, in his preface, that the author of this drama fland's very high in the opinion of his countrymen, becanje he fands foremost amongst the late reformers, to whom Germany is indebted for its present golden age of literature. The reader will here please to observe, that this German author, in the elegant language of his translator Mr. Raspe, jlands because he siands; we wish he may not fall, because he falls infinitely beneath all criticism; and can only say that if this is the golden age of German literature, it appears, at least by this ipecimen, to put on a very leader appearance.
POLITICAL. A Review of the Conduct of his Excellency John, Earl of Bucking
hamshire, Lord-Lieutenant and Governor-General of Ireland, during his Administration in that Kingdom.
This pamphlet, written with more than common correctness, contains a high panegyric on the earl of Buckinghamshire ; whom the author paints in an amiable light, as a man ; and in a respectable view, as a minister, and the friend of Ireland. Indeed, the important concessions, made to the fifter kingdom, during his administration, must ever throw a lustre on the domestic government of that period.
Remarks on Comm-dore Johnstone's Account of bis Engagement with
a French Squadron, April 16, 1780, in Port Praya Road, in the Island of St. Jago. 8vo. 6d. Debrett.
The design of these Remarks, which seem to be re-printed from news-papers, is to impeach the commodore with misconduct during the action, and with perplexity in his narrative. The whole, however, appears to be nothing more than a groundless and invidious effort of detraction.
M E DI CAL. Cafes in Midwifery; with References and Remarks. By William
Perfect, Surgeoi. Vol. I. 8vo. 6s. ferved. Dodiley. The cases related in this volume present us with a variety of observations, made in the course of the obstetrical employment; and, considered as a collection of facts, must prove
useful practitioners in that art.
Case I. The delivery of a dead foetus, from the mother's being afflicted with a lues venerea, which proved fatal. Cale II. Labo:ir retarded by the circumvolutions of the funis about the neck of the child.--Cafe III. The funis uncommonly fort, and impeding the birth, by heing twisted round the child's neck.-Cafe IV. A lingering labour, occasioned by the extraordinary Mortness of the funis. --Cafe V. A retention of the placenta, and a fingular insertion of the funis into its central part. --Cafe Vi. A presentation of the funis and belly ; the child turned and delivered...Case VII. A woman was pregnant with twins ; one of which was born breech foremost, and the other delivered with the forceps. VIII. A flooding, and the labour protracted by the rigidity of the membranes. The two cases last mentioned are related in a letter to the late Dr. Colin Mackenzie, and accompanied with the doctor's answer.--Case 1X. Twins, with an intervention of fix days between their births.-Cale X. A breech presentation, in a letter to Dr. Mackenzie, with his answer.Case XI. A gonorrhiæa virulenta in the fourth month of preg. nancy - Cale Xll. A large head; the pelvis distorted ; and delivery effected by the crotchets; in a letter to Dr. Mackenzie, with his answer.
We shall proceed no farther in specifying the various cases recited by Mr. Perfect, but fall refer our readers to the work ; obferving only that the author generally illustrates them by fiinilar cales from other writers on midwifery; and that the vo. lume derives confiderable merit from the correspondence of Dr. Mackenzie. The New British Dispensatory.
35. Newbery. This production contains the preparations and compositions of the new London and Edinburgh Pharmacopoeias ; the-prescriptions of the latter not being given at full length; but only che occasional difference remarked between them and those ordercd by